Authors: Ian McDermott and Wendy Jago
Publisher: Piatkus Books
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This is a straightforward, nuts-and-bolts ‘how to’ guide to coaching. The book takes the reader through the necessary basics of the coaching process and options. It is well-written, sticks to the business at hand, and is true to its ‘Essential Handbook’ title.
However, don’t overlook the sections ‘Coaching – The Larger Issues’ and ‘Coaching and Beyond’. These create a platform from which readers can progress to further reading.
One of the more intriguing and interesting sections of the book is ‘Being Impeccable’, which brings a moral and ethical dimension to the subject area. Coaching has been considered as a novelty and has, like many fashions, clearly attracted its fair share of charlatans. The aspirations and code of conduct discussed here are worthy and valuable aspects of the coaching world.
Useful? Five out of five stars
Well-written? Five out of five stars
Practical? Five out of five stars
Inspirational? Three out of five stars
Value for money? Five out of five stars
Overall? Five out of five stars
Reviewed by Dr Peter Stokes, principal lecturer/division leader, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire